State seeks comment on shoreline plan

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The state Department of Ecology is accepting public comment on a proposed set of development rules along Vancouver’s shorelines.

The city recently adopted a new Shoreline Master Program update as part of a coordinated effort with several jurisdictions carrying out the same process. Clark County and six of its incorporated cities are revamping their rules. Many local shoreline plans haven’t been updated since the 1970s.

The new rules wouldn’t affect existing structures near the area’s lakes and rivers. The process aims to guide future development and emphasize water-related uses, public access and natural function.

Vancouver and Clark County are the only two jurisdictions so far to submit their updated plans to the state, said Gordy Euler, a county planner. A public comment period for the county plan will likely kick off later in March, he said.

To offer feedback, residents can direct comments to Kim Van Zwalenburg at the ecology department, either at kim.vanzwalenburg@ecy.wa.gov, or at 360-407-6520.

The plan and related documents are available at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.; the Department of Ecology’s regional office, 300 Desmond Drive, Lacey; or http://cityofvancouver.us/shorelineupdate/default.html. Comments will be accepted until March 28.